The Road Runner Update

September 2022

Welcome Back Mt. Taylor Students!

We are glad to have students back and look forward to an amazing year!

A Note From Our Principal, Dr. Ayala

Mt. Taylor Families,

As we begin our school year, I am working to put structures and systems in place so that we can all have a safe and welcoming school environment. Some of the things we will be focusing on this year are:

1. Anti-bullying campaign- bullying will not be tolerated

2. Proper use of technology for school

3. School spirit

4. Quality learning in reading, math, science, social studies and lessons in being kind

Together we will make this a great school year and enjoy many successes!

Dr. A


Bell Schedule

Morning Bell: 7:55 Dismissal Bell 2:45

Lunch Time

Please do not send food that needs to be cooked to eat in your childs lunch. Also please do not send large bags of chips, when this happens students often eat only that during their lunch.

Please setup your ParentVUE account today, Click the link below!

Upcoming Events in September...

iMSSA Beginning of Year

Students in grades 3rd to 6th will be taking the iMSSA BOY test in Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

No School - Cultural Day on Friday, September 2nd

No School - Labor Day Monday, September 5th

No School -Cultural Day on Monday, September 19th

No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, September 20th

Picture Day on Wednesday, September 28th

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Students have until October 14th to meet their AR goal!

Students make sure you are taking home your AR book every night so you can reach you goal! Below is a link to the AR book finder website, where you can see if your childs favorite books at home an AR test!

Students of the Month

This months theme for Student of the Month is Caring!

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September Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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1st Grade

Hello First Grade Families!

We had a great start to the school year and can’t wait to see how much we’ll learn. Mrs. Knott, Mrs. Jaramillo, and Ms. Kristy would like to thank you for all your help so far. Here is a summary of what we’ve been working on.


We are going over counting on to add. For example, in the problem 6+3, we want the students to start at the number 6 and count on 3 more times, “Six, 7, 8, 9, the answer is 9!”


In reading we are reviewing sounds learned in kindergarten. We also are working on handwriting and writing words.

Social Studies

We are about to finish our unit on Responsible Citizenship. We spent time learning about rules, laws, trustworthiness, and many other important characteristics of someone with good citizenship.


We will begin our unit on light and sound.

We will begin our monthly i-station testing the 1st week of September. Please have your child bring a pair of headphones for these tests.

Thanks once again!

Mrs. Jaramillo, Mrs. Knott, and Ms. Kristy

2nd Grade

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Welcome to second grade! We are very excited about having your child in our classes. It will

take effort from all of us to have a successful year, and we pledge to do our parts. Make sure

you are looking in your child’s backpack and asking their child about their day. It is important

that your child spends some time reading with you. They will be taking AR books home soon

that they will test on in school.

So much will happen in Second Grade! Because of this, parents as well as children may have

some concerns about what will happen. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all

build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, increasing skills, as

he/she is ready. Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a safe foundation for future growth will always remain a main concern in our classes.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please contact us by note, a phone call before or after school, or through email. We look forward to spending the year with you and your child. Let's have a wonderful year!


Mt. Taylor’s 2nd Grade team

3rd Grade

Our classes will be learning about the following topics:

*Math- We are working on Properties of Multiplication and Division and Solving Problems with Units of 2-5 and 10. Please start studying multiplication facts daily at home.

*ELA- We will be finishing up Classic Tales and beginning the unit titled Rattenborough's Guide to Animals. Also, A.R. Goals have been set for this 9-weeks. We will be having school-wide celebrations for those students who meet their quarterly goals.

*Science- We will be finishing up our unit on Life Cycles and starting Social and Group Behaviors. We will also be learning about Animal Classification in conjunction with ELA.

*Social Studies- We will be finishing up our unit on Communities. We will start learning about Geography topics such as map skills, directions, landforms, etc.

*Students should be reading for at least 15-20 minutes daily.

4th Grade

5th Grade

Hello Parents and Guardians! We have really enjoyed getting to know and teaching your children. In September, we have lots of wonderful learning going on in the 5th grade classrooms.

For Social Studies, we will be working on the west region of the United States of America. We will be working on this section for 2 weeks. For Science, we are also working on Energy and how it is transferred in our Stemscopes books. To wrap up 5th grade Science Energy and Plants lessons, we’ll be starting our own mini indoor gardens.

For reading we will be keeping busy in ELA reading short fiction and nonfiction to focus on explicit meanings, inferences, and context clues. There is a new spelling list every week and spelling tests on Friday. Our two big projects are a novel study and an interactive notebook.

For math, we will continue to work in Eureka on decimal numbers– rounding, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing them. We will then move onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.

Please remind your child to bring Chromebooks and library books back to school every day!

6th Grade

Welcome Back!! We are predicting a great year. Please make sure that your students have their school supplies, headphones, and have returned all of their required forms. We have changed over to Synergy for grades and Class Dojo for communication. Please be sure you have logged into both.

In Social Studies, we are already traveling around the world and learning about major world religions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Next week, we will move into the Solar System and visit the Moon, Sun, and other parts of the Milky Way.

In math we are working on our financial literacy unit. We have learned how to complete a job application, figure out federal taxes, social security taxes, budget for housing, electricity, vehicle expenses and unexpected life situations. Next week we will begin working on algebraic expressions. Please make sure students have basic calculators for class every day and that they are working on basic arithmetic at home through IXL.